May 26, 2022; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) runs drills during organized team activities at The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR Justyn Ross (foot) will miss rookie season

A second foot surgery in less than a year will cost Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Justyn Ross his rookie season in the NFL.

The team placed Ross on injured reserve on Monday as training camp began. The move rules the Clemson product out of the 2022 campaign.

Ross underwent his first foot operation in November, then had a second procedure recently.

“It was a little bit off of the surgery he had before. It wasn’t functioning quite the way (he wanted),” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said last week. “It was bothering him. It wasn’t working quite the way he wanted it, so they went in and re-did it. And we’re hoping this works out well.”

Ross, 22, went undrafted this year after making 46 catches for 514 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games for Clemson last season. He missed the Tigers’ final two regular-season games and their Cheez-It Bowl win over Iowa State.

He previously sat out the entire 2020 season while recovering from surgery to address a congenital spinal fusion. Health issues contributed to Ross falling off NFL teams’ draft boards before he wound up signing with the Chiefs.

Ross played in 38 games for Clemson in 2018, 2019 and 2021, racking up 158 catches for 2,379 yards and 20 touchdowns.

In other moves on Monday, Kansas City signed two offensive tackles: David Steinmetz, who previously played for the Washington Football Team, and Evin Ksiezarczyk, who has been on the practice squad of multiple teams but has yet to appear in a regular-season NFL game.

–Field Level Media

Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) before the game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, Friday, October 15, 2021.

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Clemson WR Justyn Ross to have surgery, enter draft

Clemson wideout Justyn Ross will have foot surgery and then prepare for the 2022 NFL Draft, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Thursday.

Ross will not play Saturday when Clemson (7-3, 5-2 ACC) hosts No. 10 Wake Forest (9-1, 6-0). The Tigers finish the regular season at South Carolina on Nov. 27.

Ross leads Clemson with 46 receptions for 514 yards and three touchdowns.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound redshirt junior has been dealing with a stress fracture in his foot throughout the season.

Ross, who missed the entire 2020 season after spinal fusion surgery, finishes his Clemson career with 159 catches for 2,389 yards and 20 touchdowns in 38 games.

As a 2018 freshman, Ross caught six passes for 153 yards with a 74-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 44-16 defeat of Alabama in the national championship game.

–Field Level Media

Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross(8) stretches near head coach Dabo Swinney during Spring practice in Clemson Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

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Clemson WR Justyn Ross (spine) cleared to play

Clemson receiver Justyn Ross has gotten the OK from doctors to return to the Tigers after missing the 2020 season due to spinal surgery.

Ross, from Alabama, will be a valuable asset for first-year starting quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, who is tasked with replacing Heisman Trophy winner Trevor Lawrence.

As a freshman in 2018, Ross led Clemson in receiving yards with 1,000, and the following season led the Tigers with 66 receptions. He caught 17 touchdown passes in two seasons.

“Man, he’s so happy. He’s ecstatic,” coach Dabo Swinney said as he announced Ross’ return.

The receiver must go through COVID-19 protocols before he can take part in practice.

Ross was diagnosed with a congenital spine condition and a bulging disk as he was checked out following a collision with a linebacker in spring practice in 2020. He had the condition since birth but was unaware.

Dr. David Okonkwo, a top neurosurgeon based in Pittsburgh, performed the surgery in June 2020.

“A year ago I didn’t think I would put on pads again,” Ross said on March 31, per The State in South Carolina. “So I’m grateful. I’m taking advantage of every rep I get. … I realize how quick the game could be taken away from me. Like my grandma told me, I put everything in God’s hands and went and did everything the doctors and coaches told me to do. … I will be ready to play any time they tell me.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) celebrates with defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) and running back Travis Etienne (9) after scoring against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the third quarter during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson’s Travis Etienne to enter draft; WR Justyn Ross to return

Clemson All-American running back Travis Etienne announced Friday that he will enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

He leaves Clemson as the program’s all-time leading scorer and the holder of the Atlantic Coast Conference record for career rushing yards. He also joined former Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne as the only player in FBS history to run for at least 13 touchdowns in four seasons.

A four-star recruit in the Class of 2017, Etienne had one year of eligibility remaining because of NCAA rules granting an extra year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“My 4 years spent in South Carolina have been nothing short of spectacular,” Etienne posted on social media. “Who would have ever imagined a young kid from Jennings, LA would become a National Champion with the Clemson Tigers. My time here has allowed me to experience many accolates that some kids only dream of.”

In 55 games, Etienne rushed for 4,952 yards and caught 102 passes for another 1,155. He scored 78 touchdowns, and his career was highlighted by back-to-back 1,600-yard seasons in 2018 and ’19. He posted 24 rushing touchdowns in 2018 and 19 the following season, with both campaigns culminating in an appearance in the College Football Playoff championship game.

Despite Etienne’s expected departure, Clemson got good news when wide receiver Justyn Ross said he will return to the Tigers after a spinal condition sidelined him in 2020.

Ross underwent a congenital fusion procedure in June. After being injured in spring drills in March, diagnostic tests revealed the 6-foot-4 Ross had a bulging disk as well as the spinal fusion.

Before the surgery, Ross was projected as a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Ross caught 112 passes for 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns in his first two college seasons while starting 14 of 29 games played.

He burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2018, catching 46 passes — nine for touchdowns — and leading the Tigers with 1,000 receiving yards.

–Field Level Media